With the rising popularity of online stores in India, the car manufacturers have started catching up. Ford India has announced that their upcoming car, the Freestyle will be available for booking on Amazon from 14th April 2018. The car will be officially launched on April 18th and the Ford dealerships have started taking the bookings of the car.
The customers who book their vehicles through the Amazon marketplace will get special benefits. First 100 customers will get instant delivery of the car after its launch without any waiting period. The car can be booked online for Rs. 10,000 and the bookings will open at 2 PM on April 14th.
The Ford Freestyle is the first such car from Ford that will be launched to take on the hatchback-crossovers like the Active i20. The Freestyle is based on the Ford Figo but gets enough design changes to make it noticeable on the road. The Freestyle gets a new grille, a new bonnet cover, skid plates, alloy wheels, blacked-out headlamps, metallic roof rails and body cladding all around. The Freestyle is based on the upcoming Figo facelift hatchback that will be launched later this year.
The Freestyle also gets a higher ground clearance of 180mm and rides of 15-inch wheels. To minimise the body roll, Ford has done changes to the suspension too. It also gets Anti-Roll Program (ARP), which is a segment first feature and controls the vehicle if it starts to roll over. Other safety features include six airbags, ABS, EBD, rear fog lamps, and parking sensors. Even the base variant comes with standard dual airbags with the Freestyle.
Ford will introduce an all-new 1.2-litre Dragon series engine with the Freestyle. The new engine produces a maximum power of 96 Bhp at 6,500 rpm and 120 Nm of peak torque at 4,250 rpm. It returns a maximum fuel efficiency of 19 km/l. The diesel engine continues to be the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit that produces a maximum power of 98.5 Bhp and 215 Nm of torque. There is no automatic transmission available at the moment but the petrol variant is expected to get an automatic transmission soon.